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Give up your firstborn child? Most people don’t read terms of service agreements

You’ve probably done it—clicked “I accept” after scrolling to the bottom of a company’s terms of service. A new study shows that you’re not alone; those who accept terms of service without reading them first are in the majority, NPR reports. The study set up a fake social networking site with terms of service with some sneaky clauses peppered in: that anything the users shared would be passed along to the National Security Agency, and that the users’ firstborn children would be surrendered as form of payment. As you might expect, 98% of people using the site didn’t notice the clauses, as reported in the Social Science Research Network paper, raising questions about whether the hasty acceptance of terms of service is actually informed consent.


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